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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

I've been lusting after a little workspace of my own, something like these. I already have the perfect desk, an antique scrubbed pine table with a drawer in it -a bit like this one. It was a birthday present from my parents many years ago. I would love to turn it into a little creative blogging space but unfortunately it has been appropriated by teenagers as a computer desk for our desktop pc. One day though, I will get my hands back on it and set it up against a wall with a pretty noticeboard or shelves above. I will stand a jug of flowers on it and have a line of empty Golden Syrup tins filled with pens and knitting needles. There will be a stylish desk lamp and post-it notes of every colour.

Meanwhile, I have my half of the sofa. Do excuse the poor photo, I'm better with close-ups.


My half of the sofa does the job. I have everything I need at hand plus I can gaze out of the window (or at the telly). What about you, do you have a workspace of your own, for blogging or other purposes? Perhaps you have a studio or do you make do like me?


Good heavens, someone with a huge arse has been sitting in my chair!



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39 comments:

  1. What a nice , tidy, peaceful space. I wouldn't dare place flowers on my desk for fear of avalanche.

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  2. I suspect that even when you have your desk and it has been transformed into the perfect writing space you will still prefer to write on the sofa. My biggest writing luxury is silence and I don't get much of that.

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  3. Hahahahahahahahaaaaa!!!!!!

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  4. This blogger has just achieved hers
    http://beautythatmoves.typepad.com/beauty_that_moves/2014/06/a-room-of-my-own.html

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    1. Thanks for that Lucille, another blog to add to my long list.

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  5. Great post, Sue; it's just put a smile on my face :-)

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  6. Wish I knew how to annotate a picture. Might you do a tutorial so I don't have to go and look one up?

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    1. Lucille I use Picmonkey to edit my photos and they have an option to add text. I haven't managed to get it exactly how I wanted but it'll do. You could do worse than to print out a picture, write on it and then scan it. Wish I'd done that actually, but our printer is perennially out of coloured ink.

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    2. Thank you, I'd forgotten about Pic Monkey. I used to use Picnik until they stopped.
      Now I'm back in domestic mode I'm going to try out your samosas.

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  7. Lovely post, you've made me smile.
    I spy Persephone books!

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    1. Yes, they're my Persephone cookbooks.

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  8. Wonderful post Sue! It looks like comfortable and cosy corner. Like you, I dream of attractive work spaces, but during the day the dining room table does nicely, and in the evenings I sit on the sofa and balance the laptop on my lap on a cushion (I don't want to get leg cancer, or any type of cancer for that matter). Also, I zoomed in on your bookcases to have a nosy at your book collection. I'm sad, I know. x

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  9. Me again. I totally forgot to answer your questions, so here goes. I'm lucky to have a nice spacious workroom upstairs where I have a desk and pc (for creative writing and work-related stuff). The downside to this is that I can't always be upstairs since I have to keep an eye on the kids too and of course make attempts at being sociable. In that case I sit on the sofa downstairs (funnily enough my living room is similar in its setup to yours - no doubt I'll post about it soon!) and write in my notebooks by hand since I don't have access to internet downstairs (deliberately - I'd never get off-line if I did!).

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  10. Burst out laughing from the last line, and hello 'Me' in the mirror. That sofa does looks very comfy.
    I have a corner, with an old oak table for computer (doubling as tv), scaffold board shelves above and old leather suitcases underneath for storage - our smallish 1840 cottage with its biggish garden has to make do with every little space filled. Right next to my sofa patch, is a wooden trolley, groaning with sewing and yarny bit and bobs.
    But a room of one's own would really be quite wonderful.

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  11. Yes...Hugh Jarse sits in my chair too, ha ha. I do have a spare bedroom that I did use for sewing in, but I don't use it any more as I found that I still would rather sit at my kitchen table. I like to sit in my armchair to knit or crochet.Don't have a computer, just a tablet so that sits on top of my side table with the rest of my pile of wool.

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  12. Isn't it funny how we all seem to crave a 'room of my own'. I blog at the dining room table - bitter experience has taught me it saves embarrassing and potentially relationship threatening discussions such as 'Darling I appear to have lost the (your) camera memory card down the side of the armchair'; not to mention the horror of what else we might find down the side of the armchair - half a dozen silver tea spoons at last count.

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  13. I do have a work space upstairs, but I rarely use it. I prefer to sit in my corner of the sofa, right in the middle of all that's going on in my house. Which is bizarre for someone who's as much of an introvert as I am, and who needs tons of quiet, alone time.

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    1. You are exactly like me. If I do manage to achieve my workspace it will be part of our dining room and therefore right in the middle of things.

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  14. I have the corner of our sitting room but it gets colonised by our two year all the time so I have to fight my way under a pile of paper and toys all the time (some are mine must admit!)

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  15. I am a sofa blogger. preferably with a pot of tea to one side.

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  16. I have space at the end of the lounge - in the bay window with a desk, and computer. My card making supplies are close to hand and I have a rocking chair to sit and crochet in. There are times when I'd still like my own room - when supplies get out of hand, and when the only thing on TV seems to be sport, but I'm sure that ultimately it's better to be here with the boys. x

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  17. I'm envious of people who have a dining table never mind a whole room. No tables in the whole flat which is tiny. Cash poor and space poor means I just have to get on with it. It means grubbing about in piles of plastic bags hidden around the place and having the sewing machine on my ironing board. I would love to have a room of my own but I don't dream about it, as pigs will be flying sooner so I make do as best as I can. I do get cross though as the jumble is hard to plough through in order to start anything.

    Sometimes it seems as if the 'life style' is more important than what is made and that we are all set up to feel inadequate about what we have. So many magazines etc telling us all we 'need' to have. If I have materials then I am happy enough.

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  18. Oh, I love posts like this - I'm nosy, that's why! You can't beat a Pukka Pad. And I like the cookbook collection. Nigel Slater is prominent and I'm a big fan.
    I currently blog at the sideboard which is incredibly awkward and uncomfortable (you can't get your legs underneath). The laptop is tiny and I prefer my PC with its vast screen and nice clicky mouse, so no sofa blogging for me.
    When we move to the new house, I'm having the front room (with a recently-refurbished table) all to myself. I've purchased some lace panels for the window too, perfect for nicely filtered light (and for twitching when I'm busy observing passers-by).
    Hope you get your table back soon!
    Sarah.

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    1. Anonymous7:04 am BST

      lol. I have lacey curtains facing the street, next to my computer, and they do twitch a bit, now and then. They do nicely as privacy screens during the day, because, my goodness, I don't want people looking at ME.

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  19. Hugh Jarse sitting in your chair, I hope he is friendly.
    My blogging spot is my sofa; we have two in the living room, one for hubby and one for me.

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  20. I have half of the sofa as well, or a bit of the dining table. I've just got a cushion and put it under the laptop after reading Gillian's comment. I'm quite alarmed!

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    1. You can get laptop cushions which keep a gap between you and the laptop - we always use them. x

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  21. I have a studio but no space to put anything it is such a mess... so I have a similar dent in my sofa where I blog.

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  22. I am usually workint on the couch too but i really want to transform our office to my studio. I am not working as a teacher anymore so i don't need an office at home anymore... hopefully i will find the time to transform the room soon!

    Take care
    Anne
    http://crochetbetweentwoworlds.blogspot.de

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  23. I have a whole apartment of my own - and do nothing!

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  24. I love your arse dent - feeling the need to rush off and look for evidence of mine on the sofa...

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  25. Sue, this post was fun, and endearing. Seeing the prior comments adds to the feeling of community.

    Since I live in a small apartment, on my own, I have found all sorts of ways to designate and then re- and re- designate spaces for my various creative activities. Still yearning for some extra space, but no chance of that in this expensive city. And so. I put my sewing machine on a sabbatical rest. I do not paint in oils. I bring out my watercolor stuff more frequently. I knit and enjoy knitting. I think about crocheting, but keep those thoughts on hold.

    And more recently, dear Sue, I've got this Tamar Adler book out of the library, urging me to my miniscule kitchen. And...after months of waiting, today Mr Amazon delivered my fresh copy of the revised version of The Pauper's Cookbook.

    Next stop, the eight-day week. Time and space. xo

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    1. The Pauper's Cookbook by Jocasta Innes? That's one of my favourites.

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    2. Yes, Sue, the very book. I was always looking for a used copy of the original, but never found one. So, when I learned that Ms Innes had done a revised version before her death, I knew I would be able to order it for myself.

      xo

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    3. I hope you enjoy it Frances, lucky me, I have an original and a revised edition. I'm afraid the index in the new edition is frustratingly unhelpful but the recipes are always good.

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  26. My work space is bittersweet. I complained for ages about not having my own space--had to work at the dining table to grade papers, etc. Then my oldest son moved out on his own, so now I have his room. I've put a desk in there (here)--but I MISS him so. Corny yes,--I'm sure he does NOT miss being here.

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  27. ps I just wanted to clarify on my last comment that the silver tea spoons aren't ours - our sofa and armchairs are second hand and delving down the sides has been....interesting.

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    1. My mind is boggling....

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  28. Finally catching up on all your recent posts, and enjoying them immensely.

    Whoever has been sitting in your hair has also been sitting in mine!

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